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Friday, February 24, 2012

Citizen Coalition Fighting O'Malley's Teacher Pension Shift

Maryland government employees, educators and taxpayers are joining forces to fight proposal to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions onto the counties. 

Recognizing Workers On The Dulles Rail Line

Workers on the Dulles Rail project were recognized at a ceremony in Reston Feb. 23.

D.C. Streetcars In Question After Contracting Error

D.C.'s H Street NE streetcar line is supposed to open next year, but due to a contracting error, there may not be enough cars to operate the line, DDOT officials told the D.C. Council this week. 

Arlington School Superintendent Proposes 4 Percent Increase

The good news: Arlington County can afford a modest increase in the school's budget thanks to increased property values. The bad news: an influx of students likely means larger class sizes.

Your Letters

We read from your letters and e-mails. This time around: praise for a 99-year-old piano virtuoso, and a fellow February Fear Facer speaks out.

Door To Door: Kalorama Triangle, D.C. And Lyttonsville, Md.

This week we visit the Kalorama Triangle neighborhood in Northwest D.C., and the Lyttonsville neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md.

D.C. Gigs: Cutting Congress' Coifs

This week's D.C. Gigs features Joe Quatrone, an Italian immigrant who works shear magic in a small barber shop tucked away in the Rayburn Building.

Electric Bicycles Ride Into D.C.

A growing number of D.C. commuters are scooting around town on electric bikes, which combine your own power with an electric motor.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

D.C. Autonomy Supported By Virginia Governor

Two prominent Republicans have lent their support for calls for greater budget autonomy for the District of the Columbia.

Boilers Pose Environmental Problem In Virginia

Environmental groups in Virginia are targetting industrial boilers, which they say emit dangerous substances into the commonwealth's air.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes In Maryland

As expected, the Maryland state senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, making it the eighth state in the nation, including D.C., to do so.

Virginia 'Personhood' Bill Tabled Until 2013

A controversial bill that would defined "personhood" in the Commonwealth of Virginia as beginning at conception has been tabled by the state senate after having passed the committee.

Metro Track Work Suspended For Cherry Blossoms

One more reason to love spring: Metro has announced that they will suspend weekend track work for three weeks to accomodate the influx of traffic to see the cherry blossoms.

Amazon Agrees To Pay Virginia Sales Tax

Thanks to an agreement between Virginia lawmakers and the online retailer Amazon, residents of  the commonwealth will now have to pay 5 percent sales tax on all purchases.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Battling Homelessness, Crime On The Path To Graduation

The risk factors for dropping out -- poverty, homelessness, juvenile offenses -- run rampant in the District of Columbia. Yet there are students every year who rise above these challenging circumstances to succeed.  Christopher Feaster and Travaris Chambers are two of those on track to graduate this May despite having traveled rough roads.

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